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The political nature of Absolutism has long been a subject of controversy within historical materialism. Developing considerations advanced in Passages from Antiquity to Feudalism, this book situates the Absolutist states of the early modern epoch against the prior background of European feudalism. It is divided into two parts. The first discusses the overall structures of ...more
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Published July 17th 1985 by Verso (first published June 1st 1974)
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Whereas in Passages From Antiquity to Feudalism Perry Anderson challenged and unsettled historians’ usual periodisation marking the ancient world from the first half of the 2nd millennium after Christ, in Lineages of the Absolutist State he challenges our ways of making sense of the middle part of that millennium. The key point here, for me, is the case that absolutism (usually seen epitomised in Louis XIV – l’etat, c’est moi) was both distinct from and ruled on behalf of the aristocracy, and co ...more
lyell bark
if you want some "cool" historical materialism i have the book for you. it's this book.

i wish anderson would sometimes translate some of his more obscure latin forumlations of feudal law tho. i'm a fat idiot lunkhead ffs.
His prose isn't as inspired as his brother Benedict's, but Perry Anderson gets the job thoroughly done in this book. A great example of what materialist history still has to offer us.
When I was looking for a solid history of Europe three years ago, I wish somebody had handed me a copy of this. But the untranslated terms are annoying at times.
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Perry Anderson (born 1938) is a Marxist intellectual and historian. He is Professor of History and Sociology at UCLA and an editor of the New Left Review. He is the brother of historian Benedict Anderson.

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